Staff and Governors


Teaching Staff From january 2021



Acting Headteacher: Mrs K. Ryan

BA (Hons), PGCE 

Deputy Headteacher: Mr R. Gould  

BA (Hons), PGCE

Mrs S. Barber  SENDCo  BA, PGCE Mrs R. Russell               BSc, PGCE
Mrs D. Warran              BA (Hons),PGCE Mrs S. Cooke                  BSc, PGCE
Mrs G. Kirkpatrick       BA (Hons), PGCE Mrs K Walker                 BA (Hons) with QTS
Mrs S. Sibson                BA (Hons), PGCE Miss B. Southall             BA (Hons) in Primary Education with QTS
 Mrs E. Summersgill    B.Ed (Hons), NPQH Miss K. Cooper              BA (Hons) with QTS
Mrs C. Townsend        B.Ed (Hons)  
Click this link to view staff year groups and subject roles: staff roles and responsibilities
Teaching Assistants: Mrs A. McWiggan,   Mrs M. Armstrong Law LLB (Hons), Mrs S. Broadbent, Mrs J. Callaghan, Mrs C. Green, Mrs J. Godsall, Mrs V. Edge, Mrs S. Evans, Mrs K. McClure BA (Hons), Mrs K. Broadbent, Mrs M Hughes, Mrs M Meola, Mrs M Malacrino
School Business Manager: Mrs P. Chadwick            Administrative Assistant: Mrs K. Murray
Kitchen Staff: Mrs Z. Murray, Mrs N. PinnockMrs S. Anderson, Mrs S. Sutherland
Lunchtime Assistants:  Mrs M Malacrino, Miss J Bancroft, Miss H Hirst, Mrs M Taylor, Mrs I. Madden,  Mrs SF Ng, Mrs D Oldham, Mrs M Meola
Site Manager: Mrs J. Mangan
Cleaning Staff: Mrs SF Ng, Ms N Leonard, Mrs D Oldham
Parish Priest: Father Philip Atkinson

Governors’ Statement –Sept 2020

St Peter’s, being a Catholic School in the Diocese of Shrewsbury, is dedicated to providing the best education possible for all the children in school, rooted in the teachings and gospel values of the Catholic Church.


The three central functions of governing boards are:

  1. Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction;
  2. Holding the headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils, and the performance management of staff;
  3. Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent. (DfE)


As in all schools, the first priority for the Governing Board is to ensure that our pupils achieve the best they are capable of and make the best possible progress, in a nurturing learning environment, where each child is valued and all families are welcomed.


There are 12 governors:

  1. 7 foundation governors (appointed by the Diocese of Shrewsbury)
  2. 2 parent governors (elected by parents & guardians)
  3. the headteacher
  4. 1 staff governor
  5. 1 local authority governor (approved by Tameside MBC)


Covid 19

The academic year 2019-20 was a unique year for the whole world. The Covid 19 Pandemic has thrown up challenges that previously belonged in dystopian movies. St Peter’s rose to those challenges with faith, determination and has tried to maintain an unrelenting optimism. Across the school community there have been a plethora of public and personal challenges and though at times those challenges may have seemed overwhelming, the school has maintained a focus on the children first and foremost.  


Governor meetings will now all be online. All the usual meetings will go ahead and in addition a sub-committee will meet fortnightly online to receive reports and updates from Mrs Ryan. In addition, the Chair and Vice Chair maintain at least weekly contact with Mrs Ryan – usually more.



Mrs Summersgill having retired in August 2019, from September Mr Gould took over as Acting Headteacher and Mrs Ryan as Acting Deputy Head. The post had already twice been nationally advertised and was advertised again in Autumn.  Over the three rounds of adverts we received two applications, one of which was withdrawn and one went to interview.


Mr Gould did an excellent job of leading the school but he had already made it clear he preferred to return to his role as Deputy Head. During February, the governors asked Mrs Ryan to take over as Acting Head from Easter 2020. We took the view that the school needed certainty and continuity; little did we know how correct that view would turn out to be.  It has proved to be very prescient that Mrs Ryan’s appointment is to Aug 2021.


The whole school community owes a debt of gratitude to Mr Gould and Mrs Ryan, for their excellent leadership over this period of uncertainty. Though their roles have reversed they remain a formidable team. The Headteacher post will be advertised again in January 2021.  


We have always been very confident that the leadership of the school is in the best hands possible and that the school has continued to move forward throughout this period.


Governor Changes

During 2019-20 Mr Chris Horrocks stepped down as Foundation Governor; his term of office has come to an end but his heavy work commitments would not allow him to stand for a second term. Mrs Marianna Meola was appointed as a TA in school, so she could no longer serve as Foundation Governor and similarly Mrs Kirkpatrick’s increased hours as a teacher in school meant she was over the limit to serve as Parent Governor. They had all served with pride and commitment, so we were sad to see them go. We thank them for their generous & positive contribution.


However, our new Governors bring skills, enthusiasm and commitment that are already apparent. We have been very pleased to welcome Mrs Elaine Birch and Mrs Eleanor Wills as Foundation Governors and Mrs Claire Jackson as Parent Governor. They will be excellent additions to our number.


Governor Training

All governors are required to maintain and improve their knowledge and understanding of the standards and working of the school and the wider issues affecting education in England. Training courses and regular updates are provided by the Diocese of Shrewsbury and by Tameside Governors Services, both in person and online. Our governors regularly access these opportunities.



We pay for the services of a professional clerk from the Tameside Clerking Service. Mrs Rachel Lees became our clerk in September 2018 and is an invaluable source of advice, information and clarification – as well as producing very clear & accurate minutes.


Listed here are examples of the activities, processes and systems that contribute to the effective leadership and monitoring of ongoing school improvement.


School Improvement Plan (SIP)

The School Improvement Plan is presented for approval by the Headteacher, at the first Full Governing Board meeting in October. The Governing Board receives updates from the Headteacher on the progress of its implementation at the subsequent termly meetings and receives curricular updates from subject coordinators on a pre-planned cycle.


Curriculum & Standards

The Curriculum and Standards Committee meets termly. This committee scrutinizes progress data for each class in school and receives reports from the Headteacher, Deputy Headteacher and from time to time, other staff, on curricular progress and developments. Though there are specific governors assigned to this committee, any governors are welcome to attend.

Assessment data is presented and explained so that governors are able to establish and maintain a firm grasp of the standards and progress achieved on a class by class basis by children throughout the school, giving an opportunity to governors to question and challenge the school’s leaders on the impact of their work and to compare the school’s outcomes against all other and similar schools in Tameside and nationally.


On planned cycles, this committee also receives curricular reports from subject coordinators and reviews and updates policies.


Financial Management & Monitoring

The Finance and Personnel Committee meets termly, immediately before the termly Full Governing Body meeting, to review the impact of financial planning and to scrutinize and plan the allocation of resources for the current and future years. This includes budget costs of materials, of the physical environment of the school, of running costs and staffing costs and salaries.


The Chair of the Finance Committee meets with Mrs Chadwick, the School Business Manager ahead of this meeting to scrutinize the school’s financial position.


Other Committees

Other committees which meet during the year are:

  • Premises and Security Committee
  • Admissions Committee
  • Pay Committee
  • Headteacher Performance Management and Review


There are committees which need to meet only as the need arises; these are:

  • Discipline, Grievance and Capability and Appeals Committees (staff)
  • Pupil Discipline Committee (pupil exclusions)
  • Complaints Committee (parental complaints); this would convene only after the Complaints Policy procedures have been exhausted.
  • Pay Appeals Committee
  • Appointments Committee
  • Headteacher Appointment Committee (this may well include all governors)



Governor Visits To School

In normal times, many governors are regular, and in some cases weekly, visitors to school for various purposes. All governors are encouraged and are expected to be familiar with the school, to see the school at work. This would include visits to lessons to witness teaching and learning for themselves, to see the physical learning environment of the school and to liaise with individual staff for specific information sharing purpose, for instance for Special Needs, Safeguarding, subject responsibilities or Pupil Premium programmes and outcomes. Eventually, these visits will all happen again.


Governor Professional Expertise

Although Governors work entirely as volunteers on behalf of the school, the governors have employment backgrounds in finance, sales, IT, education & training, business and leadership. Thus they bring a wide and varied range of skills and experience to the task of leading and monitoring. Many governors are current or former parents of the school, which is indicative of a high degree of understanding, commitment and loyalty.


Staff Recruitment 

Governors participate in all staff appointments. The more senior the post, the greater the number and degree of governor involvement.

Appointments processes in all cases adhere strictly to Safer Recruitment principles and requirements.



Rev Philip Atkinson

Category: Foundation Governor

Appointing Body: Diocese of Shrewsbury

Term of Office: 2018-2022

Committees: Finance, Premises & Security, Admissions

Fr Philip has been parish priest here at St Peter’s for 4 years, before that he was parish priest at two other parishes in Shrewsbury Diocese, and was a governor at two previous schools. He is also a governor at St Raphael’s, Stalybridge.

Mr Richard Gould (Deputy Headteacher)

Category: Staff Governor

Appointing Body: St Peter’s Governing Body

Term of Office: 2019 – 2020

Committees: All committees

Mr Gould is the Deputy Headteacher at St Peter’s and most recently served two terms as Acting Headteacher. He has been Deputy Headteacher for seven years and was a teacher at St Peter’s for four years prior to that. He has also worked as an IT Executive.

Mr Mark Lowe

Category: Elected Parent Governor

Appointing Body: Governing Body

Term of Office: 2018-2022

Committees: Finance, Premises & Security, Pay Committee, HT Performance Review

Mr Lowe has a finance background, working as a Personal Finance Advisor. He has served on the governing body for 8 years and his three older children have previously attended St Peter’s. His youngest child attends school.

Mr Philip Murphy (Chair)

Category: Foundation Governor

Appointing Body: Diocese of Shrewsbury

Term of Office: 2017-2021

Committees: Finance, Premises & Security, Curriculum & Standards, Pay Committee, HT Performance Review, Admissions

Mr Murphy has served 7 years as Governor, the last 6 years as Chair, having retired from Primary Headship in Stockport in 2011. Prior to that he was as Deputy Head at StRaphael’s for 4 years , having taught here at St Peter’s for 11 years (during which time he served as teacher Governor).

His four children attended St Peter’s.

Mrs Honor Murray

Category: Foundation Governor

Appointing Body: Diocese of Shrewsbury

Term of Office: 2019-2023

Committees: Curriculum & Standards (Chair)

Mrs Murray has been a governor for 5 years, having retired from teaching in 2014, after a career the last 27 years of which was here at St Peter’s, where she taught across the three Key Stages and developed particular expertise in Special Needs and Science. She was also Acting Deputy Head for 18 months. She has in the past served as staff governor at St Peter’s and at Old Chapel School.

Her four children all attended St Peter’s. She is mother-in-law to Mrs K. Murray Administration Assistant.

Mrs Clare Stevenson

Category: Foundation Governor

Appointing Body: Diocese of Shrewsbury

Term of Office: 2019-2023

Committees: Curriculum & Standards, Pay committee

Mrs Stevenson has a background in local authority administration She is a parent, whose two children both attended St. Peter’s. Mrs Stevenson volunteers in school and was appointed as Foundation Governor from September 2015

Mrs Katherine Ryan  (Acting Headteacher)

Category: Headteacher

Appointing Body: Diocese of Shrewsbury

Term of Office: 2019 – 2020

Committees: All Committees

Mrs Ryan was appointed as Acting Headteacher in March 2020. She initially taught at St Peter’s for several years before moving into Special Education for 8 years & then was reappointed here 7 years ago. Mrs Ryan has a wealth of expertise in Early Years & KS1 and has served school in the role of Acting Deputy Headteacher following Mrs Summersgill’s retirement. She has a child in school.

Mrs Ann-Marie Worrall (Vice Chair) & Safeguarding Governor

Category: Foundation Governor

Appointing Body: Diocese of Shrewsbury

Term of Office: 2016-2020

Committees: Finance (Chair), Admissions, Pay Committee, HT Performance Review

Mrs Worrall has served as governor for 9 years and has been Vice Chair for the last 5 years. She works as an Insurance Compliance Officer. She regularly volunteers in school, taking a very active interest in many school activities. She is also a Governor of All Saints Academy. Her children attended St Peter’s.

Mrs Dolores Gordon-Smith

Category: Local Authority Governor

Appointing Body: Tameside MBC

Term of office: 2019-23

Committes: Admissions, Curriculum and Standards

Mrs Gordon-Smith is a published novelist and a qualified teacher. She has for a time worked as a Midday Assistant at St Peter’s and her five children all attended the school. Mrs Gordon-Smith is an active member of St Peter’s parish, and attends mass at St Peter’s Church weekly.

Mrs Elaine Birch

Category: Foundation Governor

Appointing Body: Diocese of Shrewsbury

Term of Office: 2020 – 2024

Committees: Finance, Covid 19 Oversight Panel

Mrs Birch’s career was in the Civil Service, the last 5 of which were spent in Personnel/HR Management. She was employed as the Human Resources Manager at Ashton 6th Form College for 10 years until retirement in 2016. She is a Leader at St Peter’s Guide and Rainbow units and is actively involved in the Parish community. Both her daughters attended St Peter’s.

Mrs Claire Jackson

Category: Elected Parent Governor

Appointing Body: Governing Body

Term of Office:  2020 – 2024

Committees: Curriculum & Standards

Mrs Jackson is serving teacher employed by Trafford Local Authority. She has two children at St. Peter’s, and a third who is of pre-school age.

Mrs Eleanor Wills

Category: Foundation

Appointing Body: Diocese of Shrewsbury

Term of Office: 2020-2024

Committees: Curriculum & Standards, Covid 19 Oversight Panel

Mrs Wills serves as a Local Councillor for Tameside MBC. She has two children in school, and a third who is of pre-school age.




Mr Chris Horrocks, Mrs Sarah Cooke, Mrs Gemma Kirkpatrick, Mrs Marianna Meola


Finance and Personnel  QUORUM 3 Ann-Marie Worrall (Chair), Fr Philip Atkinson, Elaine Birch, Mark Lowe, Phil Murphy, Katherine Ryan (Acting Headteacher), Clare Stevenson
    In Attendance: Trish Chadwick (School Business Manager)
Curriculum and Standards QUORUM 3 Honor Murray (Chair), Dolores Gordon-Smith, Rick Gould (Staff Gov), Claire Jackson, Phil Murphy, Katherine Ryan (Acting Headteacher), Eleanor Wills
    In Attendance: all governors welcome
Covid-19 Oversight Panel QUORUM: 3 Phil Murphy (Chair), Honor Murray, Clare Stevenson, Eleanor Wills, Ann-Marie Worrall, Katherine Ryan (Acting Headteacher)
In Attendance: Trish Chadwick (Health and Safety co-ordinator)Sinead Barber (SENDCO)
Health and Safety QUORUM 3 Father Philip Atkinson,  Mark Lowe, Phil Murphy, Katherine Ryan (Acting Headteacher)
    In Attendance: Trish Chadwick (School Health and Safety co-ordinator)
Admissions QUORUM 3 Fr Philip Atkinson, Dolores Gordon-Smith, Phil Murphy, Ann-Marie Worrall, Katherine Ryan (Acting Headteacher)
Complaints Committee(Parental complaints) QUORUM 3 Any eligible Governor

 Pupil Discipline Committee (Pupil Exclusions) 
QUORUM 3 Any eligible Governor  (Members should have attended training on Exclusions)


Appointed Governors for Headteacher Performance Review QUORUM 2 Fr Philip Atkinson, Mark Lowe, Phil Murphy, Ann-Marie Worrall
    In Attendance: External School Improvement Partner – Nye Goodwin
Pay Committee QUORUM 3 Fr Philip Atkinson, Mark Lowe, Phil Murphy, Clare Stevenson, Ann-Marie Worrall

In attendance: Katherine Ryan (Acting Headteacher)

 Pay Appeals Committee  QUORUM 3 Any eligible Governor not on the original Pay Committee
 Discipline, Grievance and Capability Committee QUORUM 3 Any eligible Governor
 Discipline, Grievance and Capability Appeal Committee  QUORUM 3 Any other eligible governor not on the original Discipline and Grievance Committee
Appointment of Headteacher   All governors
 Appointments Committee (Teaching and Support Staff)   Any eligible Governor form Finance & Personnel committee

Attendance at governing Body Meetings, 2019-20 

Attendance at governor meetings, 2020-1

Class Link Governors 20-21   Other Link Roles  
Nursery Dolores Gordon Smith Safeguarding Ann-Marie Worrall
Reception Honor Murray SEND, Pupil Premium Honor Murray
1 Elaine Birch Early Years Clare Stevenson
2 Claire Jackson Health and Safety Eleanor Wills
3 Clare Stevenson Positive Mental Health Honor Murray
4 Ann-Marie Worrall    
5 Mark Lowe    
6 Eleanor Wills